GARWIN - Intensity was in short supply to start the season, but the Redhawks had a surplus of it on Tuesday.
Scoring the first 19 points of the game, the North Tama girls' basketball team cruised to its second win in three games with a 52-22 victory over GMG in Iowa Star Conference play.
"The girls' intensity and focus was really good tonight. They were the aggressors and came out and set the tone," said North Tama coach Phil Moss.
T-R PHOTO BY TYLER STRAND
North Tama’s Allison Zobel speeds past GMG’s Mikaella Koster in first half action in Garwin Tuesday. Zobel scored a game-high 13 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Redhawks in a 52-22 rout of the Wolverines.
A trey from Allison Zobel opened a 7-0 lead for the visitors less than 80 seconds in as the Redhawks' defensive pressure triggered several transition buckets. Autumn Rosacker got the Wolverines on the board at the 1:26 mark of the first frame and a steal and layup from Mikaella Koster would again trim the deficit to 17 at 21-4 though GMG couldn't draw any closer the rest of the night.
Emma Knoop buried a 3 to beat the buzzer as North Tama (2-5, 2-3) led 24-4 after the first. The Wolverines (0-7, 0-5) slowed North Tama's attack in the second and earned several trips to the free thrown line - though they couldn't cash in hitting only 2 of 8 in the frame and 4 of 14 in the game as the Redhawks carried a 34-8 cushion into the break.
A putback from Jessi Jacobs stretched the gap to 46-15 entering the fourth as nine different players scored for the Redhawks.
After a rough 0-4 start, Moss senses a change in the team's mentality as they're catching up to speed with a more guard-oriented offense.
"The beginning of the season was tough on the girls, but their attitude has really improved," said Moss, who was able to go to his bench early and give some quality minutes to a pair of freshman in Abbie Schafer and Madison Howard.
"We're going to start giving them some more varsity looks. We're just trying to get the bench a little deeper," said Moss.
Allison Zobel led the Redhawks with 13 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Aryn Isenhower (eight points, two steals) and Watson (eight points, three steals) also had big nights. Anna Kvidera and Sam Zobel each grabbed six boards. Olivia Barrit and Sara Hinson paced the Wolverines with seven points each.
North Tama faces Janesville on the road Friday. GMG also hits the road to battle Clarksville Friday and Montezuma Saturday.